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from john f. kennedy to ronald reagan-- have known that our free enterprise economy is the source of our middle-class prosperity. but president obama? he believes it's the cause of our problems. that the economic downturn happened because our government didn't tax enough, spend enough or control enough. and therefore, as you heard tonight, his solution to virtually every problem we face is for washington to tax more, borrow more and spend more. this idea that our problems were caused by a government that was too small, it's just not true. in fact a major cause of our recent downturn was a housing crisis created by reckless government policies and the idea that more taxes and more government spending is the best way to help hard-working middle-class taxpayers that's an old idea that's failed every time it's been tried. more government isn't going to help you get ahead, it's going to hold you back. more government isn't going to create more opportunities, it's going to limit them. and more government isn't going to inspire new ideas, new
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businesses, and new private sector jobs. it's going to create uncertainty. because more government breeds complicated rules and laws that small businesses can't afford to follow. because more government raises taxes on employers who then pass the costs on to their employees through fewer hours, lower pay and even layoffs. and because many government programs that claim to help the middle-class often end up hurting them. for example obamacare. it was supposed to help middle-class americans afford health insurance. but now some people are losing the health insurance they were happy with and because obamacare created expensive requirements for companies with more than 50 employees, now many of these companies aren't hiring. not only that, they're being forced to lay people off and switch from full-time employees to part-time workers. now, does this mean that there's no role for government? of course not. it plays a crucial part in keeping us safe: enforcing rules and providing some security against the risks of modern
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life. but government's role is wisely limited by the constitution. and it can't play an essential role when it egg nors those limits. there are valid reasons to be concerned about the president's plan to grow our government. but any time anyone opposes the president's agenda he and his allies usually respond by falsely attacking their motives. when we point out that no matter how many job-killing laws we pass our government can't control the weather, he accuses us of wanting dirty water and dirty air. when we suggest we strengthen our safety net programs by giving states more flexibility to manage them he accuses us of wanting the leave the elderly and the disabled to fend for themselves. and tonight he even criticized us for refusing to raise taxes to delay military cuts, cuts that were his idea in the first place. but his favorite attack of all is that those of us who don't agree with them that we only care about rich people. mr. president, i still live in the same working-class
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neighborhood i grew up in. my neighbors aren't millionaires they retirees who depend on social security and medicare. they're workers who have to get up early tomorrow morning and go to work to pay the bills. they're immigrants who came here because they were stuck in poverty in the countries where the government dominated the economy. the tax increases and the deficit spending you propose will hurt middle-class families. it will cost them their raises. it will cost them their benefits. it may even cost them their jobs. and it will hurt seniors because it does nothing to save medicare and social security: so mr. president, i don't oppose your plans because i want to protect the rich, i oppose your plans because i want to protect my neighbors. hard-working middle-class americans who don't need us to come up with a plan to grow the government, they need a plan to grow the middle-class. economic growth is the best way to help the middle-class. unfortunately, our economy actually shrank during the last three months of 2012. but if we can get the economy to
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grow at just 4% a year it would create middle-class jobs and reduce our deficits by almost $4 trillion over the next decade. tax increases can't do this. raising taxes won't create private sector jobs and there's no realistic tax increase that could lower our deficits by almost $4 trillion. that's why i hope the president will abandon his obsession with raising taxes and instead work with us to achieve real growth in our economy. one of the best ways to encourage growth is through our tph-rblg industry. of course solar and wind energy should be a part of our energy portfolio but god also blessed america with abundant coal oil and natural gas. instead of wasting more taxpayer on so-called clean energy companies like solyndra let's open up more federal lands for safe and responsible exploration. and let's reform our energy regulations so that they're reasonable and based on common
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sense. if we can grow our energy industry, it will make us energy independent, it will create middle-class jobs and it will help bring manufacturing back from places like china. simplifying our tax code will also help the middle-class because it will make it easier for small businesses to hire and grow. and we agree with the president, we should lower our corporate tax rate which is one of the highest in the world so that companies will start bringing their money and their jobs back here from overseas. we can also help grow our economy if we have a legal immigration system that allows us to attract an assimilate the world's best and brightest. we need a responsible permanent solution to the problem of those who are here illegally, but first we must follow through on the broken promises of the past: to secure our borders and enforce our laws. helping the middle-class grow will also require an education system that gives people the skills today's jobs entail and the knowledge that tomorrow's world will require. we need to incentivize local school districts to offer more
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advanced placement courses and more vocational and career training. and we need to give all parents, especially parents of children with special needs, the opportunity to send their children to the school of their choice. and because college tuition costs have grown so fast, we need to change the way we pay for higher education. now, i believe in federal financial aid. i could haven't gone to college without it. but it's not just about spending more money, it's also about strengthening and modernizing them. the 21st century work force should not be forced to accept 20th century education solutions. today's students are only 18-year-olds, they're returning veterans they're single parents who decide to get the education they need to earn a decent wage and they're workers who have lost jobs that are never coming back and need to be retrained. we need student aid that does not discriminate against programs that nontraditional students rely on like online courses or degree programs that give you credit for work
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experience when i finished school, i owed over $100,000 in student loans, a debt i paid off just over a few months ago. today many graduates face massive student loans. we must give students more information on the costs and benefits of the student loans they're taking out all of these measures are key to helping grow the economy. though we won't be able to sustain a vibrant middle-class unless we solve our debt problem. every dollar our government borrows is money that isn't being invested to create jobs and the uncertainty created by the debt is one reason why many businesses aren't hiring. the president loves to blame the debt on president bush but president obama has created more debt in four years than his predecessor did in eight. the real cause of our ket is that our government has been spending $1 trillion more than it takes in every year. that's why we need a balanced budget amendment. the biggest obstacle to balance the budget are programs where spending is already locked in.
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one of these programs is medicare and is especially important to me. it provide mid-father the care he needed to battle cancer and ultimately to die with dignity and it pays for the care my mother receives right now. i would never support changes to medicare that would hurt seniors like my mother. but anyone who's in favor of leaving medicare exactly the way it is right now is in favor of bankrupting it. republicans have offered a detailed and credible plan that helps save medicare without hurting today's retirees. instead of playing politics with medicare, when is the president going to offer his detailed plan to save it? tonight would have been a good time for him to do it. of course, we face other challenges as well. we were all heartbroken by the recent tragedy in connecticut. we must effectively deal with the rise of violence in our country. but unconstitutionally undermining the second amendment rights of law-abiding americans is not the way to do it. on foreign policy, america continues to be indispensable to
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the global liberty, property and safeguarding human rights. the world is a better place when america is the strongest nation on earth. but we can't remain powerful if we don't have an economy that can afford it. in the short time that i've been here in washington, nothing has frustrated me more than false choices like the one the president laid out tonight. choice isn't just between big government or big business what we need is an efficient and effective government that allows new businesses to create more middle-class jobs. we don't have to raise taxes to avoid the president's devastating cuts to our military. republicans have passed a plan that replaces these cuts with responsible spending reform reforms. in order to balance our budget, the choice doesn't have to be either higher taxes or dramatic benefit cuts for those in need instead we should grow our economy so we can create new taxpayers, not new taxes so our government can afford to help those who can truly not help
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themselves. the truth is, every problem can't be solved by the government. many are caused by the moral breakdown in our society. and the answer to these challenges lie primarily in our families and our faiths not our politicians. despite our preferences, i know that both republicans and democrats love america. i pray we can come together to solve our problems because the choices before us could not be more important. if we can get our economy healthy again, our children will be the most prosperous americans ever. and if we do not, we forever be known as the generation responsible for america's decline. at a time when one showdown after another ends in short-term deals that do little or nothing about our real problems, some are starting to believe that our government leaders just can't or won't make the right choices anymore. but our strength has never come from the white house or the capital, it's always come from our people, a people united by the american idea that if you have a dream and you're willing
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to work hard nothing should be impossible. americans have always celebrated and been inspired by those who succeed. but it's the dreams of those who are still trying to make it that sets our nation apart. tonight all across this land parents will hold their newborn children in their arms for the first time. for many of these parents life has not gone the way they planned. maybe they were born into circumstances they found difficult to escape. maybe they've made some mistakes along the way. maybe they're young mothers all alone, the father of their child long gone. but tonight when they look into the eyes of their child for the first time their lives will change forever. because in those eyes they will see what my parents saw in me and what your parents saw in you. they will see all the hopes and dreams they once had for themselves. this tkraoepbl of a better life for their children, it's the
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hope of parents everywhere. politicians here and throughout the world have long promised that more government can make those dreams come true. but we americans have always known better. from our earliest days, we embraced economic liberty and because we did america remains one of the few places on earth where dreams like these even have a chance. each time our nation has faced great challenges, what has kept us together was our shared hope for a better life. now let that hope bring us together again to solve the challenges of our time and write the next chapter in the amazing story of the greatest nation man has ever known. thank you for listening. may god bless all of you. may got bless our president. and may god continue to bless the united states of america. >> pelley: senator marco rubio, the junior senator from florida, has been in the united states senate for two years now.
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he was the speaker of the house in florida before he won the senate seat in florida. bob schieffer, what did you see in senator rubio's speech? >> schieffer: well, this is one of the great hopes of the republican party one of their great speakers. but i've got to say, as it always is with a response to the state of the union here's a guy by himself in a room looking into a television camera and he's trying to compete with someone who's just spoken to this crowd that's giving a standing ovation every time he takes a deep breath or something. it's very hard to compete with that. senator rubio had a very sharp edge to some parts of his speech when he said that the things president obama was accusing republicans of. i must say it gave us all of us a start here watching it. i thought there was a light about to fall on him or something or somebody --
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(laughs) i don't know what i thought was going to happen but he was trying to get a drink of water and sadly i think people will remember that and might not remember what he said. >> pelley: norah, he believes in a path for citizenship for illegal immigrants in this country. he might be one of the people who provides a way for a bipartisan agreement. >> o'donnell: because he's hispanic, many republicans believe he can help with the hispanic vote which republicans did poorly in the last election. he's talked about a pathway to it is seineship, he's yet to put forward a bill his mother called him and said "don't forget about los pauvrecitos." poor people who want to be citizens. so his own family story is incredibly moving. his father was a bartender for 30 years, his mother worked at kmart. but on social issues he's very conservative which makes him a
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fit for -- he's a tea party senator if he wants to win and run for the republican nomination but immigration is one way he will try and forge a bipartisan move with the democrats. >> pelley: i had an opportunity to speak with him this morning. he told he he paid off his student loans last year. he was paying $700 a month and finally got the student loans paid off last year at the age of 41. >> o'donnell: he's a modest senator compared to many of the senators on capitol hill who are millionaires. he's different. >> pelley: thank you very much. we also have breaking news on a story that's been developing in california tonight. the manhunt for fired l.a.p.d. officer christopher dorner appears to be over. a law enforcement source tells our correspondent john miller that the police tonight have removed a body believed to be that of dorner from a burned out cabin in san bernardino county east of los angeles. this was the scene earlier today as the police laid siege to that
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cabin. there was a shootout around that cabin today that left one sheriff's deputy dead and another wounded. tear gas was fired into the house very shortly after that a gunshot was heard and then the house caught fire as you can see there. dorner was wanted in a killing spree in which he was apparently seeking revenge for his dismissal from the l.a.p.d. four people over the last several days, including a police officer and that deputy sheriff died. now, as we said, it appears that dorner's body has been recovered from that house but positive identification will probably come over the next few days. we'll be right back. in america today we're running out of a vital resource we need to compete on the global stage. what we need are people prepared for the careers
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washington with cbs news live coverage of the president's state of the union address which wrapped up a short while ago. this speech may be remembered for more than anything the end of the speech when the president was talking about the victims of gun violence in this country. a number of victims of gun violence were invited to be in the house chamber tonight to hear the president's speech and the president brought up one young lady in particular, her name is hadiya pendleton, 15
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years old, she was in washington for the president's inauguration performing her w w her high school as part of the festivities. several days ago back home in chicago this honors student was shot and killed randomly in gang violence that was not directed at her specifically but just gunshots that pierced through a crowd. it was one mile from the president's home in chicago. here's a little bit of what the president had to say at the end of his speech about the victims of gun violence and the legislation that the president is proposing. >> hadiya's parents nate and cleo, are in this chamber tonight along with more than two dozen americans whose lives have been torn apart by gun violence. they deserve a vote. (applause) they deserve a vote.
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they deserve a vote. (applause) gabrielle giffords deserves a vote. (applause) the families of newtown deserve a vote. the families of aurora deserve a vote. the families of oak creek and tucson and blacksburg and the countless other communities ripped open by gun violence they deserve a simple vote. >> pelley: the president calling on the house of representatives and the senate to vote on his gun legislation. the president said even if you intend to vote know at least have a vote because these victims of gun violence deserve at least that much. nancy cordes is our capitol hill
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correspondent nancy, you've been speaking to victims of gun violence who were inviteed into the chamber. >> reporter: that's right, scott, members of congress get one guest ticket to sit up above the gallery and a few weeks ago a congressman from rhode island, jim langevin, a democrat, a quadriplegic after being shot accidentally in the neck when he was 16 years old, he had the idea to invite someone who had been touched by gun violence. well that idea spread and tonight there were about 30 victims of gun violence including gabrielle giffords as you mentioned, up in the gallery. i spoke to one of them, carolyn murray earlier this afternoon. her son justin was gunned down in front of his grandmother's house in el vanston, illinois just three months ago. she was invited by jan that cow ski of illinois and they're hoping their presence there-- they weren't speaking-- but just
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the fact that they were there would send a message to lawmakers down below that they want to see action. >> pelley: there's a bill now that's been introduced in the senate that would ban the kind of assault weapon that was used at newtown, same kind of assault weapon used in a shopping mall for a shorting in oregon and at that theater in colorado. the bill would also limit the number of rounds in an ammunition magazine to ten. some of these magazines hold as many as 30 rounds. others hold as many as 100. major garrett is at the white house for us tonight major what are the chances that the president could get any of this through capitol hill? >> reporter: the best chance is on universal background checks. there's a bipartisan majority emerging in the house and the senate. but on the other issues, very difficult politically. the president did tonight what he said before: invested invested in american public with the responsibility of helping him symbolically and in real terms
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send a message to congress to have a vote and use their pressure to get the vote to move from where it is now to a different place. dan pfeiffer said to make sure to watch marco rubio's response to the state of the union address because he considers it a historic moment, the first time such an add tkrepb in english and in spanish. >> pelley: major, thanks very much. bob schieffer, norah o'donnell, the president covered a lot of ground. what struck you bob? >> schieffer: i thought it was a much more powerful and well organized argument than the president made in his inaugural speech. it had -- it started out, he laid out the reasons that he thinks these things should be done. there are many battles and many miles to go before we'll know whether any of this comes to fruition. but i think the president did well tonight. >> o'donnell: a very detailed policy speech. he wants action on immigration he wants action on climate
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change, he wants action on the automatic spending cuts that are coming out. this is very aggressive with a very recalcitrant republican. we'll see how much gets done. we'll have more with senator rubio on cbs "this morning" tomorrow and for the first time congressman paul ryan, who was the vice presidential nominee, will join us live tomorrow morning. that's his first live interview. >> pelley: complete coverage of all of this, of course, on cbs "this morning" with you and charlie rose tomorrow. the president also mentioned today in his speech that the war in afghanistan would be over on 2014 and he called for an increase in the minimum wage to $9 an hour. some of the many things the president brought up tonight in his fifth state of the union address. there will be more about the president's state of the union address on your local news on this cbs station and as we said first thing in the morning on cbs "this morning" with norah, charlie rose and gayle king. with thanks to the jones day law firm for this midwinter's night
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view of the capitol, i'm scott pelley and i'll see you tomorrow on the "cbs evening news." good night.
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